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SGPC ex-chief secretary Harcharan Singh dead

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Tribune News Service

Amritsar, September 5

Former chief secretary of the SGPC Harcharan Singh, 75, died of a heart attack this morning. He is survived by his wife Dalwinder Kaur and daughter Nimrata Kaur.

Though the attack was mild, Harcharan Singh could not be saved, his nephew Navjot Singh said. The SGPC executive had on August 27 announced to initiate criminal proceedings against him as he, along with other officials, was held accountable for misappropriation of 328 “saroops” of Guru Granth Sahib.

He was also summoned at Akal Takht, along with the 2016 SGPC’s executive body, on September 18 for not maintaining records and performing mourning prayers for the loss of “saroops” in an accidental fire in May 2016 at Guru Granth Sahib Bhawan in Gurdwara Ramsar Sahib.

A former Deputy Chairman of Punjab and Sind Bank, Harcharan Singh was handpicked in August 27, 2015, by SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal on a contractual basis for three years.

His hefty salary of Rs 3 lakh per month and perks had also courted controversy, which he volunteered to reduce to Rs 1 lakh in March 2017.

Short of completing a two-year term, he resigned in July 29, 2017, citing “personal reasons”. The post was created first in 2003 for veteran Akali leader Manjit Singh Calcutta for a paltry sum of Re 1 for a brief stint.

It was specially revived for Harcharan Singh for the second time in the SGPC’s history to look after the financial affairs.

from The Tribune

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